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Robert Henry GITTINS

(1869-1957)

GITTINS, Robert Henry, a Representative from New York; born in Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y., December 14, 1869; attended St. Paul’s Academy, Oswego, N.Y.; engaged in the lumber, grain, and coal business; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1900; was admitted to the bar in the States of Michigan and New York in 1900 and commenced the practice of law at Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1901; member of the State senate 1911-1913; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; owner and publisher of the Niagara Falls Journal 1914-1918; postmaster of Niagara Falls, N.Y., from October 16, 1916, to January 21, 1920; resumed the practice of his profession; appointed commissioner of the State reservation at Niagara Falls in 1918 and served until 1940; moved to New York City in 1923 and continued the practice of law until 1956; resided in Sloatsburg, Rockland County, N.Y., until his death December 25, 1957.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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